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Air Peace, NAPTIP Partner to Curb Human Trafficking in Nigeria

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Nigerian carrier, Air Peace has pledged to provide employment for some victims of human trafficking who have been successfully rehabilitated by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).

Air Peace Chairman, Mr Allen Onyema and Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General of NAPTIP The airline said the partnership was part of its contribution toward supporting the Federal Government’s efforts in curbing human trafficking in Nigeria.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, spoke on Thursday in Lagos during the presentation of Ambassadorial Medals to Air Peace Limited and 12 pilots and crew members of the airline by NAPTIP.

 

Reports have it that the Air Peace crew had on June 4, 2018 foiled an attempt by two Nigerian women to traffic a three-month old baby boy from Nigeria to Banjul, Gambia.

 

Onyema, while thanking NAPTIP for the recognition, maintained that Air Peace currently had over 3,000 employees with about 80 per cent of the workforce being women.

According to him, available statistics shows that majority of the victims of human trafficking are women and children, due to lack of empowerment opportunities.

Onyema said the airline would continue to contribute to national development by creating employment for Nigerians and also enhancing connectivity to improve businesses.

He said it was unfortunate that some young Nigerians were being trafficked to other countries where they are subjected to prostitution and other dehumanising conditions.

Onyema said:” NAPTIP has been doing a great job in curbing human trafficking, but we cannot leave it for government alone.

“Air Peace will join hands with you to tackle this menace. We will help in the rehabilitation of some of the victims by providing employment for them in our organisation.

“It is not enough to rescue these victims and bring them back to Nigeria, but they should also be rehabilitated and reintegrated into the society.

“So, we are doing this to transform their lives and make them to know that they can earn money doing legitimate jobs, whether they are educated or not.”

He, therefore, enjoined other corporate organisations and well-meaning individuals to support NAPTIP in the campaign against human trafficking in the country.

Earlier, Mrs Julie Okah-Donli, the Director General of NAPTIP, commended the Air Peace crew for foiling the trafficking of the baby.

She said the suspects apprehended over the incident in Banjul had no biological connection to the child and failed to provide valid adoption documents.

Okah-Donli said the baby was brought back to Nigeria on March 19 and was under the care of NAPTIP, stressing that the agency was working with the Gambian authorities to extradite the suspects.

She said: “This ceremony represents NAPTIP’s determination to recognise and encourage such feats which contribute to the stemming of the tide of human trafficking in Nigeria.

“We are proud to present an award to Air Peace Limited and to decorate the chairman of the airline and those gallant crew members with ambassadorial medals. ”

The DG said human trafficking involved the transportation of persons from one place to another, stressing that airlines and transport companies should emulate the vigilance displayed by Air Peace.

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Turkish Airlines Adds Holiday Island, Bali to its Flight Network

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Flying to more countries and international destinations than any other airline in the world, Turkish Airlines inaugurated its direct flights between its home base Istanbul and world-renowned tourist destination, Bali (Indonesia) on July 17, 2019.

Having operated with the airlines’ first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft, which joined to its ever-expanding fleet a few weeks ago, TK 066 coded first flight conducted with 84 percent load factor and carried 250 passengers.

Commenting on newly commenced Istanbul-Bali flights, Turkish Airlines Senior Vice President Sales (2nd Region), Kerem Sarp said; “While our new generation aircrafts continuing to join our fleet, we feel highly encouraged to launch new direct flights to farther destinations in the world. By inaugurating direct flights to Bali, our second destination in Indonesia, we keep strengthening our mission to reach all corners of the world.”

Bali, Indonesia’s most popular holiday island, is flooded by tourists and explorers from all around the world every year. Welcoming its guests with its exotic nature, the city offers cultural richness with its historical temples and palaces.

Volcanoes and tropical forests in the inner parts of the city are the source of unforgettable memories for travelers traveling to the city. The center of the island increases its charm with its cultural and exotic beauties as well as its beaches.

Bali flight from July 17th, 2019 are scheduled for Wednesday, friday, and Sunday and every day of the week from August 7th, 2019. Introductory flight fares are available from Istanbul to Bali starting at 748 US Dollars (including taxes and fees).

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Air Peace Recognised as National Carrier

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Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Mr Mohammed Rimi, announced in Dubai on Sunday that Nigeria’s Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) with UAE recognises Air Peace as Nigeria’s flag carrier on the lucrative Lagos-Dubai air route.

“Air Peace is now recognised as a national carrier, based on the BASA and whatever the airline is doing will be linked to Nigeria,’’ the envoy said at a ceremony to formally welcome Air Peace to the Arab nation.

He, however, warned the airline to avoid anything that could tarnish the image of Nigeria, while servicing the route, advising the company to ensure on-time flight services to sustain confidence and patronage.

 

Air Peace commenced flight operations from Lagos to Dubai en route the Sharjah International Airport in Dubai on July 5.

The ambassador recalled that some Nigerian carriers had previously serviced the Dubai route but could not sustain their operations, due to competition and other factors.

Rimi assured that Nigeria was keen to meet the terms of its BASA deal with the UAE, pointing out however, that Nigeria had yet to service four slots in the air services agreement with the Middle East nation.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyema, said the airline’s foray into long-haul flights was aimed at connecting Nigeria to the world and creating jobs for its teeming populace.

“In less than four years, Air Peace has created 3,000 direct jobs and over 9,000 ancillary jobs for Nigerians and that is what is driving us.

“We believe that if more Nigerians are meaningfully engaged, the problem of kidnapping, militancy and ethnic violent clashes will reduce in our country.”

According to Onyema, the airline is targeting to increase its B777 aircraft being deployed for long-haul flights to six before the end of the year to accommodate more routes.

He said that flights from Lagos to Johannesburg would come before the end of August while Guangzhou, Mumbai, London and Houston routes were also being planned.

Onyema said that Nigeria’s BASA with UAE and other countries were one-sided and had left Nigeria open to exploitation by foreign airlines.

He said the Federal Government should protect domestic carriers by halting the granting of multiple entry points for foreign airlines.

The Air Peace boss commended the Federal Government for the support being given to the airlines, citing the removal of value-added tax and waivers on aircraft spares.

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AfDB to Meet Nigerian Businesses Leaders ahead of African Investment Forum

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The African Development Bank Group, and the Africa Finance Corporation, will meet industry and business leaders in Abuja, Nigeria on Monday, 09 July 2019 as part of a roadshow to woo investors ahead of its second Africa Investment Forum (AIF) in November.

AIF is the continent’s biggest investment marketplace for accelerated economic transformation – is slated for 11-13 November 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. It is dedicated to advancing projects throughout Africa to bankable stages, raising capital, and accelerating the financial closure of deals.

The Abuja roadshow targets chief executive officers, captains of industry, State governments and other key players that will re-affirm Nigeria’s investment-ready status. The event will build on the quantity and quality of deals brokered in 2018, as well as explore investment opportunities across the continent.

By convening Nigeria’s premium project sponsors, borrowers, lenders and investors, the roadshow will showcase bankable projects, attract financing, and provide platforms for investing across multiple countries.

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